Jeremy Heit's Blog
Friday, March 05, 2004
 
Just some random stuff from around the 'net...

Vinny picks on Scott Erickson some more- Being confident with his early lead on the Scott Erickson scoreboard, he takes to the offensive with his 5,000th anti-Erickson rant (By the way Vinny, I love the title. If I was that creative, I would actually use titles...).

Gleeman understands the Soriano situation- Here's what he said today...

His .283 GPA/.296 EqA offense goes from being among the top 2-3 at his position to being 12th or 15th. That's not worth a great pitching prospect and $10 million a season.

First off, the 10 million dollars refers to what he should eventually be making in probably 2 years. Anyway, he's right. And hopefully the Mets see that (I wouldn't even make the trade with two lesser prospects. I really think they could get better value for Diaz and a pitching prospect than Soriano as a RF... but maybe I'm nuts).

JD Arney mentions Reitsma today on his blog- Using the same article I linked to the other day, JD discusses Reitsma and comes up with this...

Reitsma isn't going to set the world on fire, but he's better than the majority of what the Reds are going to be sending to the hill. I don't understand a mindset where you use a superior resource less frequently than an inferior resource, but the Reds will probably be doing just that in 2004.

I seriously think Duke should call up the Reds GM (who the hell is it these days?) and offer up two of Yates, Griffiths and Joselo Diaz and see if he'll bite. You must be looking at your computer screen like I'm nuts. I'm dead serious. Groundball pitcher on a slow infield track with a great up the middle D (even if the corners are a little weak) in a stadium where his HR totals will go down... Once again, I'm probably nuts.

And finally... what do you know, another Mets blog. Welcome the Rumblings of a disgruntled Mets fan to the blog world. Go check him out...

Thursday, March 04, 2004
 
Adam sends over this article on Chris Reitsma. It's mostly about his changeup and sort of focuses on the fact that his role on the team is undefined. But I think this quote from him is pretty telling...

"It would be nice to know in the next couple of weeks," Reitsma said. "At this point, I'm pretty sure I'll be in the bullpen, doing those one-inning stints and coming out."

Guess me and JD's "Free Chris Reitsma" push wasn't enough...

And here's another great article on Mike Cameron's personality...

Cameron's personality crosses all racial and cultural boundaries. In Seattle, he was among the first players to befriend Ichiro Suzuki and learned several Japanese phrases along the way.

"I don't care who my teammates are," he said. "This is baseball. White guys, African-Americans, Hispanics, Japanese — you name it and it's in this game. You have to be flexible. I've been that way since I was a kid. I don't look at people based on their background."

Sometimes, just a few words can build a bridge. Earlier this week Cameron greeted Kazuo Matsui by saying, "What's up, dog?"

Matsui was confused until Cameron explained what he meant. The next day, the situation repeated itself. But Matsui had the correct answer.

"I'm chillin'," he said in English with a big smile, another Cameron convert.


How can you not like this guy? Great defense, pretty good bat and wonderful personality...

Wednesday, March 03, 2004
 
I'll be rooting for the Maple Leafs in the playoffs

I can't believe Sather did this. I like the fact that before he gets fired Sather is unloading all the high priced veterans, but... not Brian Leetch. He's not the problem... and he's a Ranger. And supposed to be a Ranger for life. This is different than Adam Graves (who I still didn't want to see go)... it will be way too weird to see Brian Leetch in a different uniform...

 
Found in a post by Steve over at Eddie Kranepool...

I will say this though, the Mets let Jaime Cerda, Matt Watson and the cult like figure Marco Scutaro go for nothing but Jason Anderson who has not shown a damn thing since he was acquired last year, takes up a much coveted spot on the 40 man roster.

Other than the fact that Steve's writing is great, I picked it up for two reasons...

1. Marco Scutaro is really a cult like figure, especially around the Mets blogosphere. I mean, we obsessed about this guy for months...

2. I still like Jason Anderson. His minor league numbers show ability and I've always liked his pitches when I see him pitch... But I would kick him off the 40 man for Scutaro or Cerda in two seconds. Watson? Probably not... Watson displayed a little pop, but his defense, from everything I've heard and read, was horrendous. I'd rather have the pitcher...

 
My brother is the man...

I got BP2004 from him for my birthday. Thank you so much Josh.

And I can finally use PECOTA numbers!

 
I get home, flip on ESPN, and the Mets are losing 11-3 in the 5th inning. Some things never change... Then Jose Hernandez stirkes out... some things really never change.

OK, in all seriousness, I'm not big on ST games. Why? Because they don't get me excited that baseball is here. They get me more antsy waiting for the actual regular season. Also, I don't take results very seriously (I mean, the Dodgers might not score 11 runs in some weeks this year!).

And intra-squad games? Heh... They make Norm and Vinny happy and make me look like an idiot... Here's the official Scott Erickson Scoreboard...

Norm: 1
Vinny: 1
Me: -2,000,000

What am I talking about? Scott Erickson gave up 6 ER in 1/3 of an inning. Yup... that went well. Here's what Art had to say on the subject...

Howe acknowledged Erickson's lack of command but seemed to put little stock in the outing. He did, however, stress that Erickson would be held to the same standards as the other pitchers competing for the spot.

Read: Unless Erickson sucks everytime we put him out there, he has the job.

Or at least that's the way I read it... how about you Vinny?

In the above article also comes this interesting news...

Jose Diaz came into camp as a heralded minor leaguer but not one who had a chance of joining the parent club. But he threw a very impressive scoreless inning Tuesday, striking out the side. Afterwards, Howe didn't shoot down the idea that if the performance is the norm rather than the exception that Diaz might get a serious look at a bullpen spot

He's got a bigtime gun so let's put him in the bullpen right now! Cause, you know, if you can throw it in the high 90's you're automatically going to be good (I'm looking at you Matt Anderson). Even if you have walked 5.64 per 9 innings in your minor league career.

(An aside: Since when did he become Jose? Wasn't he Joselo? Why did he drop the lo?)

And its time to feel good for our buddy Tom Glavine (from the above article)...

What a difference a year makes. Tom Glavine couldn't make a move last spring without it being chronicled. Tuesday he made his first start and it barely registered on the news meter, a fact about which Glavine is pleased. He pitched two scoreless innings in the intrasquad game, scattered three hits and walked one.

"I had to find out if I still knew my way to the mound and could be comfortable," Glavine said. "I actually felt good. My change was good and the cutter was good. I probably threw too many strikes today. A couple of times I tried to run it out of the zone and it didn't go. But I guess that's a nice problem to have."


I know what he means... but I hate that phrase... I threw too many strikes... isn't that point of pitching?

And finally, doesn't this all make us feel good about the fact that Roger Cedeno isn't playing centerfield...

It didn't take Mike Cameron long to put on a defensive show, robbing Diaz of a home run. Diaz sent a long fly to center off Jae Weong Seo that was ticketed for the other side of the fence when Cameron climbed the wall, reached over and snatched the ball.

Defense is a beautiful thing, ain't it?

Tuesday, March 02, 2004
 
Michael is back and churning out good stuff on the Mets. Here is Part 1 of his Top 10 Mets prospects.

It looks at the top 3... I wonder...

 
Peter White, who recently moved to All Baseball.com and is also quickly becoming one of my favorite reads, sends along this aritcle in the Seattle Times on Mike Cameron. It's a very nice read and takes an interesting look at Cameron's decision process, but this is by far the best quote...

Two, he wasn't as psyched out about Safeco Field as people thought, despite his admitted problem with the sight lines (at least until the midseason improvement of the hitting background), and the glaring home-road differentials in his batting average.

"Nah. I mean, I wasn't crazy, deranged, like (Jeff) Cirillo. I can play at Safeco. I had some very good days there. But whenever I went back there from having a nice road trip or something, I would always feel uncomfortable. Uncomfortable calls for change, and sometimes that's mental."


That's just plain funny (And yes, Cirillo's numbers were better on the road, but he still never got over a .700 OPS in either year on the road while on Seattle).

Monday, March 01, 2004
 
From The Official Friend of All New York Mets Bloggers column in the Journal News today, we get this...

The Mets have the third pick in the June draft and hope to find a player close to the majors. Long Beach State right-hander Jered Weaver, the brother of former Yankee Jeff Weaver, is one of the best college pitchers in the draft. But several team sources said the Mets would bypass Weaver after seeing how his brother wilted with the Yankees. The younger Weaver is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA this season, striking out 40 in 28 innings.

There are some things in this world I don't get... One of them is this perceived notion that it takes a certain attitude to play in NY... If Weaver had a defense last year, he'd still be the fifth starter...

 
This is just one of those random thoughts I had during the day and it leads to comment participation time...

What is your favorite pitch?

And let me clarify what I mean. What is your favorite pitch thrown by a player. And make it a current player...

Mine is Barry Zito's Curveball.

When its on, its the nastiest thing I've ever seen...

 
Matsui's finger, Cameron's foot. I hate stuff like this. Is it just me, or is this the life of the Mets fan?

Oh yeah, thanks Fred. Now I have 75% confidence Kazmir isn't getting traded.

And finally, imagine Cameron and Soriano in the same lineup in Shea. Flyouts and strikeouts galore...

I'll be back later (I think), which longer and more thought-out thoughts.

Sunday, February 29, 2004
 
I was considering ranting about Soriano for Kazmir. About how Kazmir is the jewel of the system, how Rick Peterson can keep him healthy (screw TINSTAAPP), how Soriano will be less valuable offensively in RF, how his offensive production will drop in Shea, how he has a million holes in his swing, how I feel he could be only slightly more productive than Tony Batista in a few years and how I believe his D in right will look like Cedeno's (not really that bad, but people will not be able to stand the bad jumps on balls and bad hands). But, for the most part, you know that stuff already. And I might as while save the big rant with numbers for if or when the trade happens, hoping I never have to post it. But this is about something else...

I'm attached to Scott Kazmir. This is about more than numbers. This is about being a fan. I can't see Scott Kazmir leave.

Scott Kazmir is the savior the Mets have needed. He's our Mark Prior. He's our ace and he's going to bring this team to greatness along with his partners in crime David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matt Peterson, etc. I never felt that with Alex Escobar when he was here. But Kazmir gives me a different feeling. Even if he was to fail here, like Generation K before him, I need to see him do it in a Mets uniform. I've become too attached to him to see him succeed or even fail in another uniform. Even if Soriano somehow hit 60 HRs with a .360 OBP. I don't care. Even if Kazmir never throws a pitch in a major league game... He's a Met and he's our savior. And I can only hope Mets management keeps it that way...

If they don't? I'll come back and root just as hard, probably harder... I always do... hell, I have to. But I will have lost faith in the Mets front office... again.

 
Thanks to Pete Abraham for doing the article and getting us bloggers out a little bit more into the mainstream.

If you are coming there from that article, here's a little explanation of what we do here (And yes I'm using we when I should use I. I also use parentheses a lot. And I mean A LOT).

-We mostly talk baseball. And when we do, we mostly talk Mets.
-If not the Mets, then its usually the Yankees.
-If not the Yankees, then some other team from around baseball and that's usually because of a move or story they have going for them.

And that's basically it. I try to use statistics to explain things, but I'm still a fan at heart, and sometimes let my emotions/pure observations into things.

And here's a little information about where I'm coming from...

Favorite Player All-Time- John Olerud
Favorite Player Now- Brian Giles (Most underrated hitter in the game)
Favorite Met Player Now- Jason Phillips

I tend to like guys with some power, but who are very patient at the plate and have a great approach to hitting.

And if you are wondering, this blog has a massive obsession with Tom Glavine. Check the archives and you'll see a lot of talk on Tom Glavine. And just check out the archives to get a feel for some of my longer ramblings.

And don't be afraid to use the comments if you are a first time visitor. That's probably the best part about a blog. The exchange of ideas between writer and reader.

I hope most of you come back and eventually make me and the rest of the blogs (Mets or non-Mets) you find daily reads. I think you will be impressed with the wealth of knowledge and the great analysis you can find from us.

Now onto the Abraham article and other Mets related stuff...

A growing sports voice

I don't get quoted, but my link is on the bottom. This has to be my favorite quote, coursety of Alex Belth

"It's a great exchange of ideas," said Belth, 32. "I love how much more I've learned about the game through doing this. Everybody has to set their own tone and find a niche. But once you do, it's very rewarding."

He's right. I've learned so much about baseball doing this for the last 8 months. I started, fresh off reading Moneyball, wanting to learn about statistics and the new way the game was being looked at. I found blogs, starting with Aaron Gleeman's and it took off from there. I used blogs, among other sites (Baseball Primer), to learn about sabermetrics (I really have to read a Bill James book).

It takes a while, but eventually you find your writing niche. I started out very stat-ty (that's my made up word) and used a lot analysis without a lot of wit or trite comments. As I went along, I got more used to poking fun and using my smart-aleck/sarcastic tone I use in real life. But as you can see by reading many of the different Met blogs, you get a different style of writing everywhere you go. Some more comedy, some more aggressive and some with more stats. And that's a great mix and the reason why I read blogs before I go read the papers...

Crafty Erickson impresses

His velocity wasn't quite up to par but his sinker had bite, giving the indication that he's on schedule to make a serious run at the fifth starter's spot in the Mets rotation.

It's very common for velocity to be down a little after Tommy John, but Erickson is not a guy that will blow you away anyways. If his sinker has bite and looks really good, then he'll be worth a spot in the starting rotation. If he's in his groundball pitcher form, the Mets have a great infield defense behind him to back him up. Reyes and Matsui are very strong and Wigginton, while not having good range, I personally think has great hands. I think, as long as he's churning out those groundballs, he could have a very successful half a year with the Mets. Why half a year? His arm will fall off by June or July.

And finally (for now)...

Scott and I talking baseball

That's Scott from Yankees, Mets and the Rest. And yes, that's the Yankees fan.

Anyway, we had a very nice conversation and it basically shows how a conversation between two people obsessed about baseball can go many different places very fast.

And if you haven't already, I suggest you talk to Scott and Vinny on AIM. They are two very friendly and funny guys, with a great take on the sport.

Anyway, if you are new here, I hoped you enjoyed your stay and hope you come back, if I haven't scared you off with my lovable mispelled words...


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